A Shared Endeavor with “Wiley Trout”

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A wood Carver and trout enthusiast, Jim Wiley, is a kind hearted southern gentlemen that I came across on face book and began following as he would release pictures of his beautiful artful carvings.  Trout emerge from pieces of driftwood that he finds near his home in Tennessee or from chosen pieces of wood that he selects depending on the characteristics that he seeks for the piece.



I thought it would be neat to use his carvings to display my flies and vice versa.  In that way we could support each others endeavours and in different geographical regions. How it really happened is that he posted a photo of a carving that really “spoke to me.”  I was inspired by a particular trout that reminded me of a “ghostly” image in that the whole trout body is not see20729015_1890492327890964_6322694750053676752_o.jpgn yet hidden in an artful way behind the wood in the midsection of the trout.  I immediately thought of the Gray Ghost fly of Carrie Stevens’ and how the two would compliment each other in spirit if not in art form.

I sent a message to Jim and introduced myself and after some dialogue back and forth Jim decided to send me two carvings, one being the “one that spoke to me.” and the other another trout for me to use to display at shows and promote our artful endeavors.  I will send him flies and he will do something similar for shows in his area by displaying flies with his carvings should he be inspired.

When I receive the box of carvings in a couple of days I will post pictures.  I’m so excited I can’t wait!

His work is beautiful and reasonably priced.  Jim Wiley’s face book page is at https://www.facebook.com/wileytrout/

or his website can be seen at http://wileytrout.com/



Flies tied by Selene Dumaine

Please enjoy viewing this gallery of flies that I have tied.  Some are original patterns that I have created and some are Carrie Stevens patterns that I have recreated.  I tied many of the streamers in my hands without a vise, but for some of the other more practical patterns I use a vise for as they are fishing flies such as the Sure Bet and the Hexamongous.

Click on the contacts link if you would like to place an order for any of these flies.

Gray Ghost– originated by Carrie Stevens, tied by Selene Dumaine



top; Embden Fancy, Middle; Don’s Special, Bottom; Firefly-Carrie Stevens pattern tied by Selene Dumaine


Black Cat – Carrie Stevens pattern tied by Selene Dumaine
Allie’s Delight– Carrie Stevens pattern tied by Selene Dumaine
Chief– Carrie Stevens pattern tied by Selene Dumaine



Don’s Legacy– originated and tied by Selene Dumaine
Burnt Blonde Bamboo– originated and tied by Selene Dumaine ~Commissioned by Kelly Baker
Mosquito Ghost- originated and tied by Selene Dumaine~ published on Streamers 365
originated by Carrie Stevens, tied by Selene Dumaine
originated by Carrie Stevens, tied by Selene Dumaine
Sure Bet- originated and tied by Selene Dumaine
Jordan’s Legacy-originated and tied by Selene Dumaine~commissioned by Dan Hilliard 2017
I-Selene-opod– originated and tied by Selene Dumaine
Hexamongous- originated and tied by Selene Dumaine- Photo by John Ewing/staff photographer… Thursday, March 10, 2011…Selene Dumaine has built a reputation as one of Maine’s great fly tiers. Dumaine’s original pattern, the Hexamongus, is intended to imitate the emerging phase of a Hexagenia mayfly seen preserved in the glass vial.
Middle streamer is an Orono Ghost– originated and tied by Selene Dumaine~commissioned by Bill and Gari Bayreuther

Selene on “The Liar’s Club”

the-liars-club-blockCatch the 7/12 podcast here when it’s convenient for you.  It was a hoot to laugh with Scott Stone and John Williams!


A full hour of America’s favorite pastime, fishing, with interviews from the top personalities in the industry every week. Hosted by John Williams, Scott Stone with Schaivi Custom Builders, and Bob Harkens with Western Maine Guide Service.


Website Building Begins

Building a website- whew. It gives a person perspective.  Thanks to Justin Crouse and Leslie Hilyard I’m developing a plan for forward thinking.  My decision was based on conversations that I had with them at the OSHM this last weekend that I grew a little, well a lot.

As a fly tyer I had the chance to develop a fly to commemorate Don Palmer’s life and the work that he had done for the museum.  See the article here: or read below.  The fly is at the bottom of the post.

Oquossoc museum honors famous fly-tier, fisherman

OQUOSSOC — The Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in Oquossoc paid tribute Saturday to fishing legends and visionaries, especially one of the Rangeley region’s most notable fishermen.

Born in Vienna, Carrie (Wills) Stevens never traveled outside the state, but she sold her colorful streamer flies to fishermen as far away as New Zealand and Patagonia. Five years before she tied her first fly, she and her husband, Wallace Stevens, moved in 1919 to the Upper Dam, at the outlet of Mooselookmeguntic Lake, where he became a well-known fishing guide.

According to local lore, the couple’s close friend, Charles “Shang” Wheeler, gave Stevens a fly, known as the Go-Getum, along with materials. He suggested she should learn to tie her own flies. She created a version of the fly and decided to try it at the Upper Dam Pool on July 1, 1924. She was modest in her description of the history-making event.

“When I had finished the fly, it looked pretty good to me, and I thought I would try it out on the Upper Dam pool, which is restricted to fly fishing,” she later recalled.

She hooked a six-pound, 13-ounce prize brook trout that she fought to land for over an hour. Record books noted it as the largest fish taken from the pool in 35 years. She entered her trout in Field & Stream magazine’s fishing contest and took second place among entries from both the United States and Canada.

The first prize went to a fish which weighed only one ounce more, according to Stevens’ biographers, Graydon and Leslie Hilyard. The father-and-son team joined the Saturday celebration, signing copies of their comprehensive history and study of the famed fly-tier.

During his address to the crowd prior to the unveiling of the famed catch, Graydon Hilyard corrected the myth that Carrie Stevens caught her prize-winning fish on her famous Gray Ghost streamer.

“That’s a sore subject with me,” he said. “In the Upper Dam fish log, in her own handwriting, it says she caught it with a Shang’s Go-Getum.”

As a younger woman, Stevens had learned the millinery trade, so creating the tiny colorful streamers and other patterns made from peacock feathers and other exotic materials was enjoyable and natural for her. Hilyard said Stevens didn’t invent that history-making fly until several years later.

Stevens had her trophy fish mounted by Herb Welch, one of the best taxidermist of his day. Stevens’ sister, Elizabeth, had married Fred Duley, and Hilyard said the fish has been cared for by Elizabeth Duley’s descendants until today. Ninety-three years after Stevens made fly-fishing history, it gained a permanent home in the museum.

“This is a special, special day,”said Pierce, pointing to the spectacular mount on the wall behind him. “If this was the Smithsonian, this would be the Hope Diamond.”


Selene Dumaine of Readfield Saturday presents Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum supporter Stephanie Palmer with a custom-tied fly dedicated to her late husband, Don. The presentation of the “Don’s Legacy” fly was part of the Saturday celebration of the legendary Carrie Stevens, who made the region famous for her six-pound, 13-ounce brook trout that won second place among the 1924 entries from around the United States and Canada. That famous fish, mounted by noted taxidermist Herbie Welch, is hanging on the wall behind them.


As part of the celebration, museum patron Stephanie Palmer asked Shirley Duley, seated with her son, Craig, to join her for a special tribute. Palmer’s husband, Don, had energized the volunteers and fundraisers to start the museum, and Duley’s husband, Fred, had preserved the mounted trout over the years. Coincidentally, both women’s spouses died in the summer of 2016, and Palmer presented Duley with a replica of the last fly Stevens tied — the Pink Lady.

Selene Dumaine presented Palmer with “Don’s Legacy,” a custom fly that commemorated her late husband’s efforts to preserve this unique part of the Rangeley region’s heritage. His passion and love for Rangeley inspired him to create the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in Oquossoc in 2010. According to Yankee Magazine, the museum is the “best sporting museum in New England.”

Dumaine, who ties her custom flies in her Readfield home, said she got her first fly-tying kit as a Christmas gift. Since then, she tirelessly studies techniques and styles of the world’s greatest fly-tiers. Steven’s flies are her favorite, and she meticulously reproduces some of those famous streamers using the original method.

“I actually tie in my hands and don’t use a vise when I do a Stevens fly,” she said.


Dumaine said she was determined to learn the beautiful patterns and even purchased floss that Stevens once owned before she sold her company. More than 20 years later, she remains in awe of Stevens work. Dumaine also noted that the Rangeley area has a passion for it fishing heritage like no other place she has ever visited or lived.

“(That passion) continues to grow, and we continue to preserve it,” she said.


Diane Michelin is a Canadian artist that specializes in Angling art.  We collaborated years ago on a project that involved my boat, “Ketcham”  that she painted as seen above.  I created three unique flies and mount them with the print.  Flies to be posted soon.  The unframed print and three flies costs $150.  Contact Selene to purchase.  (Flies to be posted soon.)

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